In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
I’ll be honest, The Purge looked like it could be one of the most interesting and thrilling movies of 2013. It was something new and a futuristic reality that could one day possibly come. The idea was as exciting as could be, it wasn’t just the normal slasher movie. It looked like a new take on a frightening horror movie that could entertain the fans. Unfortunately for the fans, it didn’t end up like we had all hoped it would.
Although we had the fantastic Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, they were only able to work with that they were given – and it wasn’t much. When a movies script or story isn’t up to par like it should be, the movie goes from possibly being good to an instant below average or worse movie. It started out great, really giving us the characters and backstory to the event known as the Purge. But as the movie continues and tries to build off that beginning, it went another way and just ended up as a home invasion. Don’t get me wrong, home invasions can be pretty damn awesome if they are done right (You’re Next), but if they are to similar o other home invasion movies then they just get boring and predictable. That’s exactly what happened with this one, as soon as the ‘villains’ showed up, it was so predictable for me that I got bored. Which is very unfortunate because some of the killings and fighting were actually watchable, but then I just went back to figuring out what would come next.
Going back to the home invasion aspect, I disliked it very much. If there is a movie coming out about a 12-hour period where all crime (including murder) is legal, I want a movie from start to finish showing the Purge (like the sequel looks to be). I want to see what is happening outside during that period, not a family getting attacked in their home, which can happen on any given night really. That was really the one big problem, but it was a big problem. I don’t want to say it ruined the movie, but it pretty much did.
The Purge is definitely one of those movies I went in with way to much anticipation and excitement. Even though the idea was one of my favorite plot ideas in a while, I can’t get over the fact that it was set up to be this crazy and malicious crime spree night, but turned out to be like any other murder movie where the bad guy(s) come, the killing starts, and then the movie is over. In the movie world today, when I here a movie is coming up that has to do with a 12 hour period where all crime (including murder) is legal with no cops or hospitals, I expect it to be freaking awesome, wouldn’t you? Hopefully the sequel is that, because even just a little better than the original will do.